Sunday, March 18, 2012

UPDATED: Chopper-friendly Garmin zumo 390LM monitors tire pressure in real time

Garmin zumo 390LM

Garmin has announced the zumo 390LM, a new high-end 4.3″ motorcycle navigator that can utilize an ANT+ tire pressure monitoring sensor (TPMS) to give a real-time view of tire pressure.

Car and motorcycle mounts are included, as are features like Service History Log, lane assist, junction view, lifetime map updates,  and TracBack. New to the zumo series is a “Curvy Roads” feature and improved Bluetooth functionality, including voice command for navigating to points of interests (POIs), when paired with a compatible headset or helmet.

The TPMS runs $69.99 a pop, and you’ll need one for each tire. Up to four are supported for those of you riding 3 or 4-wheel bikes. A metal valve stem is required and Garmin notes that the TPMS is “not intended for automotive use.”

North American and European versions of the zumo 390LM will be available, with the former retailing for $699.99. Both the TPMS and the zumo 390LM appear to be available immediately, with the Garmin site showing 1-3 days for order processing.

UPDATE: Here’s the full news release.

UPDATE 2: I received the following from Garmin…

In a last min addition, the zumo 390LM will receive a FREE SW update within the next month that will give it the ability to act as a remote for the NEW VIRB action camera. Now you can mount the camera anywhere on the bike and control the start/stop and take still 16mp images right from your zumo.

Garmin zumo Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor (TMPS) for motorcycles

The new Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor (TMPS) at work

 

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